from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch.
- v. Variant of blanch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shrink; start back; give way; flinch; turn aside or fly off.
- v. (of the eye) To quail.
- v. To deceive; cheat.
- v. To draw back from; shrink; avoid; elude; deny, as from fear.
- v. To hinder; obstruct; disconcert; foil.
- n. A deceit; a trick.
- n. A sideling glance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To shrink; to start back; to draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.
- intransitive v. To fly off; to turn aside.
- transitive v. To baffle; to disconcert; to turn away; -- also, to obstruct; to hinder.
- transitive v. To draw back from; to deny from fear.
- n. A looking aside or askance.
- v. To grow or make pale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shrink; start back; give way; flinch; turn aside or fly off.
- To quail: said of the eye.
- To deceive; cheat.
- To draw back from; shirk; avoid; elude; deny from fear.
- To hinder or obstruct; disconcert; foil.
- n. A deceit; a trick.
- n. A sidelong glance.
- Upon or based upon the payment of a nominal or trifling yearly duty: applied to a sort of tenure of land: as, the estate is held blench of the crown. See blanch-holding.
- To become pale; blanch.
- To make white; blanch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. turn pale, as if in fear
( "The word 'blench' came from Rehnquist," Bradley says.
For the true face of catwalk evil, look instead to the girl models, some so emaciated they made Samantha Cameron blench in shock.
How my words, my very presence and smell of me, of my words, must make you furiously blench!
The movie is even more violent than its predecessors, the language reaches levels of obscenity that would make David Mamet blench and uses the real names of everyone concerned.
Mandelson: though twice disgraced, we should not blench at using him as a weapon with which to help the EU's demise
I blench to say this of a fellow Burger but NWB is . . . no . . . gentleman.
She heard Colum and Dougal talking about me; that's what made her blench-she'd think Colum had heard she'd been to me for the ill-wish.
The remnant of the hereditary peerage still left can offer a history with enough blood and guts to make even Steven Spielberg blench.
The Bloomberg account speaks of “… traditionally unprofitable corporate loans and trades for their customers …” — and that may once have been the case, but not when Uncle Sam is handing out free money to finance your trading book and allowing you to keep liquidity tight enough to permit a mark-up that a Bensonhurst loan shark would blench at.
I'm not a spouse of any blench of the Military personnel.